World is observing 85th birth anniversary of ‘little master’ and Legendary, Pakistani batsman Hanif Mohammad Today (Dec 21).
Hanif was the first star of Pakistan cricket, the “Little Master” who played the longest innings in Test history – his 970-minute 337 against West Indies in Bridgetown in 1957-58 – then followed it a year later with the highest first-class innings to that point, 499 run out.
His versatility extended to captaining and keeping wicket, and bowling right- and left-handed in Test cricket. But in addition to being the jack of all trades, he was the master of one.
He was born in Born in Junagadh, India on this day in 1934. He excelled as a batsman, and after relocating to Pakistan at the age of thirteen, he was mentored by Abdul Aziz, a famous cricket player who recognized his potential.He played 55 Test matches for Pakistan with 11 of them as team captain — and scored a total of 3,915 runs. Following his retirement, he took up the position of Pakistan’s batting consultant in 2002.
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